Conan the Barbarian (Prototype) By Astrocade, Inc. (Unreleased) For the Bally Arcade/Astrocade Video Overview created by BallyAlley.
This is a video review of the prototype game Conan the Barbarian for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade. This is an 8K prototype cartridge that never had an official release. It was to have been released by Astrovision, Inc. in about 1982 or 1983.
There is quite a bit of information known about this cartridge, which had three different names during its development: "King Arthur's Adventure," "Conan the Barbarian" and "Quest for the Orb."
Conan the Barbarian seems to have first been mentioned in a 1981 Astrocade, Inc. catalog. I have extracted the text from the Conan ad from page 30 of the catalog:
"Fearsome monsters give chase through a series of mazes as Conan, armed with his sword, battles them. Various levels allow you to play this adventure game with skills ranging from novice to professional. See how many monsters you can get."
Here is the text from an ad when the game was going to be called Quest for the Orb:
"Ancient scientists of the lost civilization Morte managed to extract the essence of the universe and fuse it into a single precise object-- the Orb. You must find the Orb, hidden in the castle's labyrinth, and return it to its owner, the White Magician.
"Demons, monsters and traps are threats along the way. Beware the powers of black magic, cursed items and other evil influence. In your aid are spells given to you by the White Magician, along with other magic items and weapons strewn along the way. Ancient treasures are hidden here also! Fare ye well, adventurer, in your quest for the Orb!"
After reading this game description, there is no doubt that this Astrocade game was meant to be based on the game Orb Quest.
Archive Notes: This video was uploaded to YouTube on August 9, 2017 and added to Archive.org in HD format for archival purposes. The video was filmed with a Canon Powershot SX60 HS camera.